Monday, July 29, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #1 - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns - Rockin Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu (1957)

In 1982, New Musical Express gave away a compilation tape they called "Pocket Jukebox". The tape featured 18 R&B tunes culled from a variety of early 1980s reissue albums on Charly Records, a London based independent label with a wonderful catalog of great post war American recordings. As they said on the cover, it was "one long party of rhythm 'n' blue delights, soul, swing and jump". It got played incessantly in our tape machines, in and out of the car, and helped set us off on the never ending quest to find more of the same. No doubt this was true for many others too.

31 years later, we bring our own Pocket Jukebox into the world. We have kept true to the spirit and flavour of the original and feature tunes that hold their own with the NME selections.

This New Orleans classic from Huey "Piano" Smith (with Bobby Marchan on vocals) has few equals anywhere, in any genre. An obvious tune to start off the compilation.

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